Tottenham v Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 30, 2017
Wembley Stadium - Champions League
After Tottenham impressed in picking up a draw at Santiago Bernabeu a couple of weeks ago, Real Madrid travel to Wembley for the return fixture.
A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty helped Real Madrid to recover from going behind to a Raphael Varane own goal last time out. A Tottenham player has never scored against the Spanish giants, with Real winning all three of the previous meetings between the clubs without conceding.
The name on everyone’s lips ahead of this game is of course Harry Kane. The Tottenham talisman missed his team’s trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, with Mauricio Pochettino suggesting the striker’s hamstring issue was a minor problem. Meanwhile Dele Alli returns from suspension, and Erik Lamela has a chance of featuring on the bench.
Despite returning to training, there seems little chance of former Spurs star Gareth Bale returning from injury. Keylor Navas should start in spite of a slight groin problem, but Varane is expected to miss out after going off at half time in Real’s shock defeat at Girona on Sunday.
Tottenham v Real Madrid Preview and Predictions
A win for either side would guarantee their place in the knockout stages, although in truth both clubs should qualify from Group H irrespective of Wednesday’s result. Borussia Dortmund are likely to beat Apoel Nicosia, but the German outfit have a lot to do to recover from their dreadful start.
Tottenham did little to dispel the claim that they are the Harry Kane team after failing to score in their defeat against Manchester United. With 13 goals in 12 games so far this season though, any side would miss the Englishman’s talents and the Spurs faithful will be hoping their biggest draw will be fit for this blockbuster match. The hosts will start as slight underdogs irrespective of whether Kane plays, and are priced at 27/11 in the betting.
The odds on Real Madrid have drifted after their defeat against La Liga newcomers Girona at the weekend. Los Blancos are available at 15/13 to bounce back with a victory under the Wembley arch, as they bid to win their third consecutive Champions League crown. With more pressure on Spurs to attack at their adopted home, this one could turn out to be an exciting and open game. If you think it’ll end with honours even, the draw’s priced at 29/10.
Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at 5/2
Back the European champions to pick up the win despite conceding, as they book their place in the knockout stages. Spurs are 4/1 for the same bet.
A Tottenham sending off at 9/1
If Real take the lead and continue to stretch Spurs on the counter, the chance of a failed last ditch tackle or professional foul from the home team will only increase.